Drivers face £95 fine for parking in supermarket 'parent spaces'

10 May 2018, 11:10

Baby parking space

There's going to be a crackdown on those who wrongly use parking spaces designed especially for people with small children.

Apparently as many as one in ten people will park in a parent-child space because they know they can get away with it - but this won't be the case for much longer, as tougher punishments are now in place in a bid to prevent repeat offenders.

If you're found to be parking in these spaces 'illegally' you can land a £70 fine plus another on-the-spot charge of £25.


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The rules for using a parent-child space can vary depending on the supermarket, but generally, it applies for families who have a child aged 12 or under with them.

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This is the age that youngsters should still be using a car seat to travel in. 

However, there are calls to lower that age significantly to 5, which would limit spaces to parents with young tots who are not as confident at walking.


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Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, explained: "Parent-and-child parking at supermarkets is a hot topic and often creates strong opinion, as demonstrated by our survey results.

"They show most people want some sort of punishment for motorists who use supermarket parent-and-child parking spaces when they shouldn’t be."

These spaces, along with disabled bays and electric car ports, are often closest to the supermarket, hence the temptation for many to throw their car into one and scoot hastily into the shop. 

They're also a lot wider, which is appealing to those with fancy vehicles who want to minimise the risk of getting a neighbouring car's door dented into the bodywork. 

If you still want to risk it, be prepared for your shopping bill to be a whole lot more expensive!